Boston's Pierce, Walker Named East Co-Players of Month; Spurs' Duncan Named West's Best
NEW YORK, Jan. 2
– Boston Celtics forwards Paul Pierce
and Antoine Walker
on Wednesday were named the Eastern Conference co-Players of the Month while San Antonio forward Tim Duncan
received the honor as Western Conference Player of the Month for games played in December.
Pierce averaged 27.7 points, 6.6 rebounds, 3.3 assists, and 2.06 steals while Walker added 23.4 points, 9.3 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 1.13 steals in leading the Celtics to an 11-5 record.
|Duncan led the Spurs to an 11-3 record in December.|
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Duncan led the Spurs to an 11-3 record by averaging 26.7 points, 13.1 rebounds, 3.4 assists, and 2.64 blocks.
Here is a look at highlights from the month for Pierce, Walker and Duncan:
Paul Pierce and Antoine Walker, Boston Dec. 1 at New Jersey: Pierce had career-high 48 points and 12 rebounds and Walker added 25 points and 17 rebounds in 105-98 win over the Nets.
Dec. 11 at New York: Walker scored a season-high 42 points, including a three-pointer to send the game into overtime, as the Celtics defeated the Knicks, 102-93.
Dec. 21 vs. Utah: Pierce had 36 points and six rebounds and Walker added 19 points, nine rebounds and seven assists in a 98-92 win over the Jazz.
Pierce scored double-figures in the fourth quarter four times during the month - vs. the Nets, Bulls, Jazz and Clippers - all of which were late-game comebacks for the Celtics.
Celtics had a 6-1 record when Walker logged a double-double in December.
Tim Duncan, San Antonio Dec. 12 vs. Toronto: Had 28 points and 13 rebounds in 108-95 win over the visiting Raptors.
Dec. 14 at Phoenix: Had 32 points, 19 rebounds and five blocks in 105-93 victory.
Dec. 26 vs. Dallas: Scored a career-high 53 points while adding 11 rebounds, four assists and three blocks in 126-123 OT loss to the Mavericks.
Dec. 30 at Memphis: Had 27 points, 18 rebounds, four assists and seven blocks in 83-79 victory over the Grizzlies.
Leads the NBA with 24 double-doubles on the season.
Currently ranks second in rebounding (13.1 per game), sixth in scoring (25.6), fourth in blocks (2.89) and tied for fifth in minutes (40.9).
Other Eastern Conference candidates for NBA Player of the Month included Cleveland's Andre Miller, Indiana's Jermaine O'Neal, New Jersey's Jason Kidd, Orlando's Tracy McGrady and Washington's Michael Jordan.
Western Conference candidates for NBA Player of the Month included Dallas' Steve Nash and Seattle's Gary Payton.